Oakley car crash

A driver who wrapped his car around a light pole required an extrication effort that lasted nearly 30 minutes in Oakley, Monday, June 10. The driver was flown from the scene with traumatic injuries. A passenger escaped unharmed. 

The driver of a car that struck a light pole in Oakley Monday night was flown from the scene with injuries described as life threatening by an East Contra Costa Fire Protection District spokesperson.

Tuesday morning, Oakley Police Chief Eric Christensen confirmed that the driver, who has not been identified, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

“Just terrible the risk he put himself, his passenger and the community at due to his bad decision making,” said Christensen.

The car, a white Ford Mustang, wrapped around the pole after striking it on the driver’s side, trapping the seriously injured driver inside. Crews from ECCFPD and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District worked for nearly 30 minutes to free the driver from the wreckage. In order to extricate him, firefighters used a fire engine to pull the car away from the pole.

While the move was deemed necessary to free the driver, there was concern that the pole, which was in close proximity to utility wires, might fall once the car was removed. It held firm and did not threaten the remainder of rescue operations. Firefighters then used a variety of hydraulically-operated tools to extricate the man. Once free, he was taken by ambulance a short distance to Crockett Park where a CalStar helicopter was waiting to fly him to the trauma center at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

A passenger in the car escaped injury and did not require hospitalization.

The accident was reported at 10:38 p.m. and occurred on Empire Avenue near the intersection with Hemlock Drive. Sgt. Jeffrey Solomon of the Oakley Police Department said neighbors reported hearing the sound of screeching tires immediately before the accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Oakley Police Department.

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